Nov 19, 2012 2:00am PST
>>> this morning on first look, president obama makes history this morning in myanmar. >>> israeli attacks rock gaza with a palestinian death toll rising as israel seeks to wipe out militants. >>> paula broadwell finally returns home as congress digs deeper into david petraeus's testimony. >>> a very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. it is a historic day for president obama and for the people of myanmar, as it transitions towards democracy. during the first visit by a sitting u.s. president, mr. obama pledged that the u.s. will be friends with any nation that respects its people's rights and international law. nbc political director and chief white house reporter chuck todd has been traveling with the president. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, veronica. president obama is the first president to ever visit myanmar. i can tell you it's been a whirlwind day here for the president. the president got here, greeted by throngs of people of this country at times getting very close actually to the motorcade. the first thing he did after he met with the pre
Nov 19, 2012 4:00am PST
they will not strike a ceasefire deal until the rockets stop coming out of gaza. veronica? >> stephanie, thank you so much. >>> lawmakers are turning the heat on the obama administration about what officials knew and when regarding the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans, including ambassador chris stevens. on sunday, lawmakers called on u.n. ambassador susan rice to testify before congress on her remarks after the attack. at issue are rice's talking points and why a final draft was changed to down play the role of terrorists, a fact supported by friday's closed door testimony of former cia director david petraeus. republicans portrayed rice as a pawn of the president's election year agenda. >> the story she told reinforced the political narrative helpful to the president. i don't know what she knew, but i know the story she told was misleading. >> we are going to find out who made changes in the original statement. until we do, i really think it's unwarranted to make accusations. >> the administration denies any claims of white house interferenc
Nov 18, 2012 4:00pm PST
in gaza. these pictures show a building used by hamas and the sites of a war plane and being wiped out completely by a direct hit. meanwhile, president obama doing some kind of a balancing act now, warning israel about the dangers of expanding its air assault into a ground war, while also defending israel's right to defend itself. his comments during a trip to thailand. >> there's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. so, we are fully supportive of israel's right to defend itself from missiles landing on people's homes. and workplaces and potentially killing civilians. >> all this as israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu warns his country is ready to expand its military operation with thousands of troops gathering near the israel-gaza border awaiting a possible ground invasion. and amid the prospect of more bloodshed moments of reflection. hundreds of jewish worshippers gathering at the western wall and praying for those living in the fire in the southern town. it's early monday morning now on the israel-gaza border.
Nov 19, 2012 7:00am PST
hours as israel continues to bombard targets in the gaza strip. the barrage, in response to hundreds of rockets fired into israel by militants. cease-fire talks continue, and the lines are increasingly long and israel may launch. >>> meanwhile, president obama from his historic trip from southeast asia. he's expected to raise concerns, earlier in the first visit to myanmar. the president pledged $140 million in aid to the once oppressive nation. secretary of state hillary clinton embraced nobel peace prize winner aung san suu kyi. >>> the woman at the center of the cia sex scandal said she's deeply devastated to the damage done. meanwhile, petraeus has hired a renown media lawyer, as he tries to get his life back on track. >>> and software billion nar john mcafee is apparently blogging about his efforts to allude police in his adopted country of belize. mcafee is wanted for questioning in the death of his neighbor, a man online claiming to be mcafee is now offering a $25,000 award and i quote, real killer's arrest, end quote. >>> in medical news, more concerns about young teens bulki